Red Dead Redemption 2 fast travel
It won’t take too long for you to be asking yourself about Red Dead Redemption 2 fast travel after you’ve taken your first few journeys between locations.
It is kept fairly hush hush in RDR2 about fast travel actually being possible, but music to your ears is that fast travel is a thing here – keep in mkind though that there a a few ifs and buts for getting it working.
If you are not at the stage yet of unlocking Red Dead Redemption 2 fast travel then there’s other quick ways of navigating the map too, which will allow you to reach locations a little further afield once you’re able to navigate the open game world.
How to actually unlock fast travel
The first notable caveat to take into account is that Red Dead Redemption 2 fast travel won’t be unlockabale until you reach chapter 2, and you’ll need to work through the story to unlock a variety of camp upgrades.
The first step will be to work your way to the Money Lending and Other Sins mission. You will find out more information about the Ledger by contributing your first debt, and in doing so this will allow your camp to be upgraded.
Specifically you are going to need to upgrade Lodgings, and once you’ve unlocked the first upgrade you will get the option to select the Arthur’s Tent upgrade. In doing these steps you will find that Red Dead Redemption 2 fast travel is all yours to take advantage of.
This isn’t going to be straightforward fast travel as you might be used to in games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey though. In order to fast travel you will need to visit Arthur’s Tent, head around the back of the tent and look at the map. You can then select from the locations you’ve already visited to fast travel there, and after a brief transition you’ll appear in your chosen location with your base horse.
Of course, it isn’t a simple case of selecting somewhere on the map and going there. You have to go to Arthur’s tent – specifically, round the back – and view the map. Then, you select a location you’ve been to before, and you’ll appear there, with your main horse, after a transition sequence.
What this means is, even with this unlocked, you cannot decide to jump from somewhere out in the wilderness to another destination – you still have to do that at a camp.
Here’s a few other ways to get around
If you’ve not yet unlocked fast travel as we’ve shown above, the good news is there’s a few other way for you to navigate the map faster than on foot.
One of the more popular methods of fast travelling the Red Dead 2 map is by train. In most of the larger settlements you’ll discover an icon resembling an envelope, this means there’s a train station nearby. Although you can pay your wanted bounties and access the postmaster here, you can also get yourself a one way ticket on the train.
As soon as you hit chapter 2 you’ll be able to travel by train to any destination on the list. You’ll find the cost is reasonable too, meaning if you have the choice to catch a train or a stagecoach (as detailed below) the train will be your better option.
One disadvantage to the stagecoach versus the train though is that trains only allow you to visit larger locations, whereas the stagecoach offers the ability to visit smaller ranches.
Using the stagecoach means you’ll need to look out for a signpost style icon, usually found in most of the towns, ranches and other prominent locations throughout the map.
As long as you’ve visited that location previously, you’ll be able to pay to go there again by stagecoach.
If you find a padlock on the stagecoach icon it likely means you’re in an active mission or already on horseback, ensure you aren’t doing either of these and it’ll be available for use.